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On a (Swiss) Roll!

My team, Dumbarton, secured their highest finish in the league for 27 years yesterday with a 4-1 victory over league leaders Hamilton Accies. The game was on a knife edge until sub Colin Nish put them ahead on 77 minutes to make it 2-1. The Accies lost the plot after that and player manager Alex Neil head-butted Mark Gilhaney on the touchline.

Accies ten men then chased the game and allowed Sons to add two more to their tally.

The atmosphere at the match was enhanced by our Swiss Supporters Club – A very good humoured crowd of guys who make the long journey to Dumbarton once or twice a season. Great to hear them in full voice yesterday.

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Ther Swiss Sons before the game ‘Fly like an elephant – sting like a rock!’

Sions of the Rock

This photo of Sion FC’s stadium in Switzerland looks familiar for some reason….

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Nae Luck…..

Dumbarton did very well against the second best team in Scotland yesterday in their first Scottish Cup quarter final in 35 years. A combination of events though, seemed to conspire against the wee team on the day. Before kick off we learned that our talisman midfielder and without question our best player this season, Chris Turner was not going to be fit for the tie. Central defender Mark McLaughlin was also out through injury and fellow central defender Andy Graham was carrying a knock.

The Sons had a couple of decent penalty claims turned down. One where Russell Anderson had Chris Kane in a bear hug was a particular let off for the home side. Another incident involving the same two players, where the former upended the latter in the box, ended with a free kick (I think for offside) the other way. I’d have liked to have seen the replay on TV but they managed to edit that one out on Sportscene.

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The game from our vantage point

That said Aberdeen looked fairly slick in the second half as their superior fitness told. A needless concession of a corner allowed them the opportunity to score the winning goal, which Adam Rooney gratefully accepted. Keeper Grindlay’s full stretch dive being performed a split second too late to impede the progress of the striker’s bulleted header.

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The local paper handed out Ian Murray masks before the trip.

Full back Paul McGinn had a chance to equalise late on with a header and should have done better with it. However manager Ian Murray, in his post match interview, praised McGinn for being in the position to make an attempt. Good man management from the gaffer.

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Some of the assembled nutters.

More than 600 Sons fans made the trip and stood, yes stood and sang and chanted for the whole 90 minutes. Late in the first half when the linesman called a ball in that was obviously out the Dons fans behind the goal let out howls of anguish, to which the away fans responded “We forgot that you were there” to the tune of Cwm Rhondda.

A grand day oot and I think the Dons will be glad that one is out of the way.

Just Dandy!

It’s not bad being a supporter of Dumbarton FC these days. Best part time club in the land by a country mile and in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 35 years.

The quarter final draw has paired the Sons with in-form Aberdeen at Pittodrie. I have been listening and reading the media comments over recent days and it seems like it’s bad news for my team. The decision has been made that the Dandies are this seasons cup winners and no mistake.

Dons’ legend Willie Miller seems to be getting quite carried away by the fact that his old club are already in the League Cup Final and ‘Only two games away from a second final appearance of the season’. He came out with a humdinger of a comment in the press this week, i.e. that he regarded the current Aberdeen side as potentially as good as the one that he played in in the early 80s.

The side that won the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup.

Whilst I wouldn’t make any extravagant claims about Dumbarton, I would urge caution to those tipping the Dons for cup glory. Their opponents in the quarter finals are unbeaten in 2014 and are top scorers in the Championship. Confidence is high.

Aberdeen have a good cup tradition punctuated only by defeats in recent years from lower league clubs including the likes of Stenhousemuir and Queens Park.

I think the Sons and manager Ian Murray, who was on the radio with Miller on Monday night, are wise to keep their powder dry. Miller was a tad patronising to Murray who gave some modest, self effacing responses.

Come on the Sons!

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From the Sons on Saturday!

He flicked to kick and I didn’t know!

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Click on the image to submit your bid……

I think we should give this lot a try. We’re needing increased pace in our central defence.

The varying haircuts and boot colours add that touch of class!

And before you spend all day wondering where the post title came from it was from the Undertones…

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Sons 2 Morton 0

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Bryan Prunty slots his penalty home on the stroke of half time. 1-0. Photo BBC Sport

Ian Murray said after yesterday’s game that the team had played better at Dundee last week despite having been defeated 3-0. One has to worry for Kenny Shiels and his team if yesterday’s performance was Morton benefiting from a new manager ‘bounce’. They looked lacklustre to say the least and apart from a 10-15 minute spell in the second half looked unlikely to score.

The Sons penalty was rather a soft handball just before half time. The ref in fact was pretty poor with only one of his five yellow cards being justified IMHO.

The introduction of Kane for Prunty (most Sons fans would I think have been happy to see Nish depart the action instead) proved decisive. Nish made a hash of a great chance in front of goal but managed to prod the rebound across goal for the inrushing Kane to head Sons into an unassailable lead.

Ian Murray was right in that Sons can play better. However with the first choice goalkeeper injured, the most bustling forward out ill and having lost our on -loan centre back Aaron Barry to Sheffield Utd during the week, the replacement spine of the team did pretty well – including former Morton defender Mark McLaughlin. Mind you he looked pretty slow and I’d guess that more efficient attacking play will trouble him somewhat.

An interesting footnote here is that BLFP correspondent Ferncake had the duty of choosing yesterday’s man of the match. In the supporters bar before the action he declared with tongue in cheek and glint in eye that right back Paul McGinn, Dumbarton born brother of St Mirren’s John and grandson of former Celtic chairman Jack, would be man of the match.

It came as no surprise when the man of the match award went to……….Paul McGinn. This was no simple favouritism from Ferncake for a local lad, he really has been Sons top performer this season and was Sons best player yesterday by some way.

The watching A McCoist would have been impressed.